Top 15 Highest Paid Bodybuilders


Joe Weider

#3 Joe Weider

Net Worth: $35 Million

Joe Weider and his lifelong efforts are credited with the universal understanding that a healthy lifestyle comes from exercise and a nutritionally balanced diet. After using a makeshift barbell (made of two flywheels and a train axel) to build muscle, he competed in his first amateur contest at 17 in 1937. For the rest of his life Weider encouraged athletes and coaches to forever alter their approach to training and nutrition.

In addition to co-founding the IFBB, Weider founded the Mr. Olympia (in 1965), Ms. Olympia (in 1978) and Masters Olympia (in 1994) bodybuilding contests. He published several notable fitness-related magazines and had a line of fitness equipment and diet supplements. He was also the one to encourage Arnold and Franco Columbu to come to America. Now that’s impact!


  1. Nice how this story mentions how rich they are, but all have admitted steroid use. Arnold had open heart surgery at 49 due to clogged arteries due to steroid use. Horrible omission of REAL FACTS.

  2. Mr. Deez you fail to realize this article ISN’T about nutrition and supplementation. It only discusses the money they have made from the sport.
    What about Lee Labrada? He’s had a successful nutrition line for years.

  3. Lou Ferrigno is worth more than 6 million dollars and Arnold Schwarzenegger did not make 300 million dollars bodybuilding.He made that much including his movie career.

  4. I always thought it was strange how Lou Ferrigno is more muscular than Arnold Schwarzenrgger but Arnold Schwarzenegger always won when they competed against each other.

  5. There were some with better symmetry and good mass i.e. Serge Nubret and sergio Oliva but they lacked the business sense to make a fortune and felt comfortable in their Role. How many of us are Millionaires ?
    Secondly, The once who are financed BB at that time ( today the same ) are looking for the most charismatic Person which brings the Sport ( and the money rolling ) to the masses.



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